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1950 Voss 50 Serial # 11277 1950 Voss 50 typewriter, Serial # 11277 Kevin Stallaert's 1950 Voss 50 typewriter. 2024-07-11 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Kevin Stallaert: 1950 Voss 50 Serial # 11277 I came across this gorgeous red marbled bakelite Voss and had to have it. It has a crack and a few missing chips on the paper table. But it appears to be a very early Voss, that has some design elements that you don't find on "newer" Voss Model 50 machines. Including some decals, that got all but obliterated ue to the faulty return arm design that was redesigned later on.

1950 Voss 50 #11277

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)
Created: 07-08-2024 at 08:44AM
Last Edit: 07-11-2024 at 10:28PM


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I came across this gorgeous red marbled bakelite Voss and had to have it. It has a crack and a few missing chips on the paper table. But it appears to be a very early Voss, that has some design elements that you don't find on "newer" Voss Model 50 machines. Including some decals, that got all but obliterated ue to the faulty return arm design that was redesigned later on.

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Left side of this sweet machine. Note the shape of the return arm: it is different from later machines.
Left side of this sweet machine. Note the shape of the return arm: it is different from later machines.

Front left glamour shot
Front left glamour shot

Front with not fully extended paper support
Front with not fully extended paper support

Another glamour shot
Another glamour shot

Right side of the Model 50
Right side of the Model 50

Backside
Backside

Decal on the right side of the cover. It features the Wuppertal suspended railway.
Decal on the right side of the cover. It features the Wuppertal suspended railway.

Obliterated left side decal. The return arm dragged over it.
Obliterated left side decal. The return arm dragged over it.

Close up of that broken decal
Close up of that broken decal

And some digital restoration. I assume this is what it said, based on what I could still see.
And some digital restoration. I assume this is what it said, based on what I could still see.

Crack in the front plate
Crack in the front plate

The paper table is also missing its two bottom corners. Also note that the paper bail and levers resemble that of a Model 49 instead of a Model 50.
The paper table is also missing its two bottom corners. Also note that the paper bail and levers resemble that of a Model 49 instead of a Model 50.

Under the hood;
Under the hood;

Cleaned pica slugs
Cleaned pica slugs

Serial number location
Serial number location

Bottom view
Bottom view

Bottom plate of the case with the locking mechanism
Bottom plate of the case with the locking mechanism

The machine mounted on the bottom plate
The machine mounted on the bottom plate

Case closed =)
Case closed =)

QC sheet of this machine
QC sheet of this machine

Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)

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